Double triumph for Swardeston at awards night

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Swardeston Cricket Club were double winners at the Eastern Daily Press Active Norfolk Sports Awards.

They went home with the Team of the Year and Active Norfolk Winner of Winners trophies following their stunning success in this year’s national Twenty20 Cockspur Cup.

More than 900 teams from England and Wales entered this year’s competition, culminating in the Sky Sports-televised final at Hampshire’s international Rose Bowl ground which pitted Swardeston against a very strong South Northumberland side.

The make-up of the Norfolk side was also very pleasing as seven of the 11 players have come through the club’s vibrant youth structure.

Judges unanimously agreed on the outcome of both awards, the Winner of Winners being chosen from all 21 finalists. Swardeston saw off the challenge of FA Vase runners-up Wroxham Football Club and the Norfolk Ski Race team to win the Team of the Year award.

Norwich City goalkeeping legend Bryan Gunn was presenter for the evening, which was hosted by BBC journalist Shaun Peel. They handed out awards to winners and runners-up at the Curve facility in The Forum, in Norwich.

Active Norfolk chairman Laurie Hull welcomed guests and said: “This evening is a celebration of skill, talent, determination, commitment and sporting success. This is somewhat at odds with the rather sombre times in which we live with spending reviews and cuts.

“We have just heard about the cuts to school sport, we have lost the Department of Health grant, Sport England is facing serious cuts, the local authorities are being squeezed and I am sure there is more to come. But it is not all bad news.

“There will be an increase in the Lottery Funding of sport, your county sports partnership has received confirmed funding to 2015, we have more coaches in Norfolk than ever before.”

Team of the Year

Winner: Swardeston Cricket Club – won the Twenty20 national Cockspur Cup which attracted more than 900 teams from around England and Wales. Swardeston beat South Northumberland in the final in a match shown live on Sky Sports.

Runners-up: Norfolk Ski Race team, Wroxham Football Club

Article courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press

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